Friday, March 21, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette volume 11 number 6

First published in the Broad Ripple Gazette. 

Byrd House Sound – Early Byrd Show with Steve Fulton
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Melody Inn
3826 N. Illinois Street
21+, 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Jeff Byrd, Russell Birch, Steve Johnson are a  Heartland rock-n-roll band in the vein of Bruce Springsteen, The Replacements, Gaslight Anthem, and John Mellencamp.

I’ve been a fan of Jeff Byrd for years and have enjoyed all of his projects and this one sounds great too (you can listen to some of their songs on Reverb Nation). Shows at the Melody Inn are always a blast.
Put on your dancing shoes – or at least your swaying in place shoes – and rock out Midwest style to Byrd House Sound.

40th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Indy CD & Vinyl
806 Broad Ripple Avenue
all-ages, free, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

D.J. Jewey Ramone is hosting a 40th anniversary to the day celebration of the Ramones first-ever show on March 30, 1974 in New York City.

I was lucky enough to first see the Ramones at the Vogue on May 24, 1982, just five days after my 21st birthday. I couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate! Joey Ramone and I shared the May 19th birthday so I made a ‘Happy Birthday Joey’ sign and was thrilled when he nodded to me. In my mind our eyes met and he was conveying his everlasting love through a meaningful gaze. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. And since his hair was always famously in his eyes and he wore sunglasses, it could have happened!

I’ll see you there!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette volume 11 number 5

First published at the Broad Ripple Gazette. 

Trusted Mentors Marketplace
Friday, March 7, 2014
Fletcher Place Arts & Books
642 Virginia Ave
all-ages, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, free

As you’re out and about on what will hopefully be a snow-free First Friday, be sure and pop into the Trusted Mentors Marketplace at Fletcher Place Arts & Books.

I’m as impressed as I can be with the nonprofit agency, Trusted Mentors. They connect volunteer mentors with adults navigating the issues of poverty, homelessness, under-employment, and the side effects of incarceration. How great is that? I've gotten to see the power of Trusted Mentors first-hand in their work with Second Helpings graduates.

Trusted Mentors is celebrating the talents from several of their mentors and mentees. Enjoy poetry and live music while checking out handmade arts and crafts by local artist. Items for sale include, fiber art, fragrant body butters, hand-crafted earrings and stone jewelry, pottery, photography, loose leaf teas, and more. Second Helpings mentees will pair up for a cook off, so I’m guessing there will be tasty samples.

I’ll see you there!

Edie Carey
Friday, March 14, 2014
Irving Theater, Second Stage
10 S. Johnson Ave
all-ages, $12 advance/$15 night of show, 8:00 PM

Edie Carey was a favorite performer at CATH coffeehouse (northeast corner of 54th and College Avenue, closed 2004). I always looked forward to her shows at the coffeehouse and our late night talks on my sofa. She was New York based and on the road so much she named her car.

Edie is now living in Chicago, has a family, and tours internationally. She just returned from Holland where juggled a guitar case and a baby. I can’t wait to hear the story about pushing a stroller through the Red Light District.

Edie has a poet’s sensibilities wrapped in a beautiful voice and charming stage presence. The lineup for the evening also includes Baltimore’s Heather Lloyd (ilyAIMY) and Indianapolis’ Briagha McTavish.

The Murat Highlanders Pipe Band
Monday, March 17, 2014
see below for schedule

The Murat Highlanders Pipe Band formed in 1949 – two years before Russel Settle purchased the Red Key. The Highlanders are a parade and performance band dedicated to entertaining the crowds and maintaining the Celtic pipe traditions, while promoting the worthy philanthropy of the North American Shrine. And having lots of fun along with way. You can catch them in the Broad Ripple area on Saint Patrick’s Day.  

7:00p.m. – JT’s Grille & Bar, 2210 E 54th Street
8:00p.m. – Pawn Shop Pub, 2222 E 54th Street
9:00p.m. – Twenty Tap, 5406 N College Avenue
10:00p.m. – Red Key Tavern, 5170 N College Avenue
11:00p.m. – The Sinking Ship, 4923 N College Avenue
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!